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Jaime J. Coon
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Sustainability

Jaime is an interdisciplinary conservation scientist focused on habitat restoration on public and private lands. She received her PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2020, following a B.S. in Biology and Global Justice from Central Michigan University. She loves engaging undergraduate students in the research process--especially field research--through both independent and class projects. She is also a giant SciFi/Fantasy nerd, has probably too many pets and plants with partner Evan and loves looking at birds.

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  • Biology
  • Environmental Sustainability


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Central Michigan University

Selected Courses:

BIOL 111 Ecological Biology
BIOL 360 Conservation Biology
ENSU 151 Environment, Science, and Sustainability
ENSU 353 Environmental Application

On the first day of EcoBio, we define Ecology as β€œthe study of the relationships between organisms and their environment – including humans!” Considering people as a part of ecological communities becomes especially obvious in landscapes with a heavy human footprint – including grasslands, agricultural fields and urban areas. I am an applied ecologist working on habitat restoration in human-dominated systems, conducting research at the intersection of people and the environment, with a particular focus on birds, arthropods and native and invasive plants! I have two primary areas of interest: 1) Habitat restoration for declining wildilfe, and 2) Human behavior and conservation on private lands. I enjoy collaborating across disciplinary boundaries with both social and natural scientists on these topics. I have worked with undergraduate students on projects under these two research areas--including many, many posters and several peer-reviewed publications couathored by students. Underpinning this work is a desire to make conservation more accessible, equitable and welcoming to minoritized individuals.

A full list of publications can be found on Jaime's Google Scholar profile.

- Society for Range Management
- International Association for Society & Natural Resources
- The International Association for Landscape Ecology, North American Section American Ornithology

I teach at Earlham because I am passionate about introducing students to conservation, biodiversity and natural history. There are real-world implications associated with teaching ecology and environmental science in the midst of environmental crises, and there is great power in cultivating a "sense of place" through reciprocal relationships with nature and the land. It is my intention to promote agency, curiosity and hope within students, helping them become capable and mindful community members within an increasingly complex local and global context.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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